Mittwoch, 15. November 2017

Watercolor Tattoos

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Watercolor Tattoos

Watercolor tattoos look spectacular, although not all artists know how to create them. It takes a special skill set to create realistic watercolor designs that also look clear and age well. For fans of watercolor tattoos, the lack of artists proves a problem when seeking out these beautiful tattoos. I included some special tattooing tips and tricks for those artists in this watercolor tattoo gallery so that, hopefully, that problem disappears with time!

As a huge fan of watercolor tattoos myself, I know all the ins and outs of this style. It certainly has its weaknesses, but the pros outweigh the cons here. Check out these beautiful watercolor tattoos and learn about the technique behind them! Perhaps you will also fall in love with this beautiful inking style!


Watercolor Tattoo Technique

Want to learn how to make watercolor tattoos look spectacular? Looking to see the color tattoo techniques that bring them to life? Thankfully, any artist aware of basic tattoo shading techniques can quickly graduate to the watercolor style.

Before you begin making watercolor tattoos, practice using your pigments on mixed media paper to create basic watercolor images and designs. Pay close attention to how the colors blend, since this represents the most appealing aspect of watercolor tattoos. Once you understand how your pigments react to each other, downgrade to regular watercolors to save some money. Any brand works. This practice helps you learn how to make crisp outlines where necessary and master the colors along with the texture.

Moving on to tattoos, go ahead and water down your pigments before application. Make sure the water is perfectly sterile, of course. Apply the ink in layers, starting with very light doses of color and adding more pigment where necessary. Build up your ink into a realistic watercolor design, using all of your normal tattoo shading techniques to pull it all together.

In order to make the tattoo resilient against time, pay close attention to the brightness and contrast of your tattoos. Where the colors must remain distinguished, use different amounts of thin black ink to create a tiny amount of contrast. Though hard to see, the small amount of black ink remains visible as the tattoo ages. This makes any touchups easier and more spaced out! Plus, extra contrast in designs look pleasing to the human eye. Experiment with it!


Are Watercolor Tattoos Permanent?

To be honest, watercolor tattoos fade. Just like every other colored tattoo, colored ink fades quickly and an aged watercolor tattoo’s pattern may disappear entirely. This, of course, is the hallmark of a bad watercolor tattoo. In the previous section, I mentioned that brightness and contrast determine how long your tattoo lasts—and all of that plays a part in the fading process. With different amounts of ink to absorb light, separate blocks of color fade at different speeds. With sharply contrasting colors, even an area with no black ink still looks distinguished as it fades.

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Watercolor tattoos receive a bad rap because they fade noticeably within a decade. People often see that and believe that the style of tattoo is at fault, rather than their artist, activity, or simply the passage of time. All tattoos fade—even plain black outlines—but many steps delay the process. Our tattoo aftercare articles go over the details of that!


Watercolor Tattoos Pros and Cons

Still on the edge about watercolor tattoos? Admittedly, the new trend of watercolor tattoos leaves much to the imagination—especially concerning how well they age. Maybe this list of pros and cons helps form a decision for you!


  • They Look Spectacular
  • Emulates Watercolor Art
  • Easy to Cover Up or Touch Up
  • Ages Well


  • Variable Price
  • Requires Specialized Artist
  • Frequent Touch-ups
  • Fast Tattoo Aging

“But wait!” you might say. “It says ‘ages well’ in the pros, but ‘fast tattoo aging’ in the cons! Which is it?!” Strange as it might sound, some types of aging work well for tattoo art. Ink naturally migrates around your skin, resulting in a blurry look over time. But for some tattoos, including watercolor tattoos, that blurry look is exactly what you want.

Watercolor tattoos naturally blend colors on day one—a little bit of blend later on barely registers! With tiny touchups, your tattoo looks spectacular. However, the blurry lines of a black ink tattoo don’t add to its design. So, in a way, you trade the typical ‘blurry’ look of old tattoos for a ‘faded’ look—but touch ups fix one of these better than the other!


Watercolor Tattoo Designs

A watercolor tattoo flower emulates the beautiful pigments of the real thing. Combined with a black outline, the flower looks spectacular and lasts for decades. As more and more artists learn to work with the watercolor tattoo style, the watercolor tattoo design scene explodes. I prefer watercolor tattoos that utilize negative space—in other words, the areas without ink—in their design. However, abstract swatches of paint, combined with black lines to tie the piece together, also look spectacular. Watercolor tattoos push the boundaries of the medium, but they also pay homage to the wide spectrum of watercolor art. Accordingly, watercolor tattoo designs show incredible diversity!


Watercolor Tattoo F.A.Q.

Since many questions surround the new trend of watercolor tattoos, I answer the most commonly asked questions here! If this article still leaves your question unanswered, go ahead and ask your question in the comments section, and we will quickly add a section for it.

Are watercolor tattoos more expensive?

Before we think about water color tattoo prices, let’s consider another question: how much do small tattoos cost, anyways? The price varies depending on location, cost of living, and style. All of the same rules apply for watercolor tattoos. Some artists may offer fairly inexpensive watercolor tattoos—that is to say, comparable prices to traditionally colored tattoos. On the other hand, some artists charge a fortune. A lot of work goes into making these tattoos look great, so not every artist enjoys making them. On top of that, since watercolor tattoos quickly fade, some artists charge a high entry price to ensure you can spare the cash for touch ups later down the line. Weird, I know. But that’s economics.

Do watercolor tattoos hurt more?

Thankfully, watercolor tattoos hurt no more than regular tattoos. However, since a watercolor tattoo takes more time, you will need to endure the pain for a little longer. The location of your tattoo drastically affects the pain you experience, so look up which locations hurt the least if you worry about pain. Or, you can consider applying a topical anesthetic beforehand.

Do watercolor tattoos take longer?

Yes! While some artists finish watercolor tattoos with lightning speed precision, high quality watercolor tattoos usually take many layers of color and a large amount of time. Think of it this way: a solid ink color takes 100% of the ink, with no dilution. Artists usually start with 10% ink concentrations and work their way up from there. They ink each layer carefully to create a cohesive picture, occasionally adding different inks to increase the contrast. Of course, the wait is worth it!


Watercolor Tattoos: Art from Pigment

In the end, lasting watercolor tattoos fall down to two things: artist knowledge and client knowledge. An artist masterfully creates a tattoo resilient to age, while a client wears sunscreen frequently and receives touchups when necessary. As long as both people know what to do, a watercolor tattoo lasts for ages longer than a regular black and white design. On top of that, watercolor tattoos look spectacular, and allow for many complex colors and ideas to flow together in a single design. I highly recommend receiving at least one of this wonderful type of tattoo. Watercolor tattoos cement the relationship between body art and high art, showing the world just what kind of style you live your life in!

Related: Full Tattoo Aftercare Guide

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Donnerstag, 2. November 2017

How Long do Tattoos Take to Heal?

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How Long do Tattoos Take to Heal?

How long does a tattoo heal for? Tattoo heal time varies dramatically from person to person, with tons of things factoring into the matter. Many sites will tell you one to two weeks, but in actuality, it takes anywhere from two to six weeks for the first two stages of healing to end. After that, it takes even longer for your skin to fully recover from the ordeal! Each stage of healing coincides with how you need to treat and wash your tattoo, so learning the exact healing time proves important for your personal health. So, how long do tattoos take to heal? Let’s go over that in detail!

Average Healing Time for Tattoos

Before you ask yourself how long does it take for a tattoo to heal, consider the size of the tattoo. Unfortunately, skin regenerates much more slowly for large tattoos, leading to recovery time lasting six weeks or more. On the other hand, small tattoos heal as quickly as a bad scrape or cut. Small outline tattoos take only two weeks for the first two stages, while medium tattoos take a month on average. Add a couple weeks if your artist used pigments in the same session to color your tattoo, since that affects more skin than a black outline, regardless of your tattoo size.  We go into greater depth in our tattoo healing process article.

Poor nutrition and excessive consumption of alcohol slow down your recovery time considerably. Rest easy, though—most recreational ‘activities’ play no part in your healing. Make sure to stay out of the sun, which damages your unprotected ink. Dirty environments like swimming pools, lakes, rivers, ponds, the ocean, or…gym equipment, believe it or not, increase your risk of infection. Keep your hands washed, your sheets clean, and only use clean paper towels to dry your tattoo. Our complete guide on how to care for a tattoo tells you about all the warning signs of a healing tattoo and how to avoid them.

How Do You Know When a Tattoo is Healed?

Okay, we know the average time. But how long does it take tattoos to heal, specifically speaking? Watching the signs and symptoms tells you specifically. If you need to make plans, use the averages above—but if you want to know when to adjust your healing routine, then these instructions help you recognize the different phases of tattoo healing. When your tattoo stops oozing plasma, blood, and extra ink, then it finished stage one of healing. At this point, you still need to use your tattoo-safe soaps (more info on those here) until the itching starts. Honestly, no need to stop there, but adding too much product to your skin may dry it out.

At the point your itching sets in, tattoo-safe moisturizer provides essential vitamins and relief from your newfound torment. This stage lasts for the duration of what many people consider the healing time of your tattoo. At InkDoneRight, we include a third stage of healing, but more on that later. Your second stage completes when the itching stops, the scabs , nd dry skin peel away, and the skin feels normal when you touch it. Remember not to preemptively peel your skin off, or you risk pulling up some of your new skin and need start all over in that area. Not to mention that ink could come off with it!

How Long Does it Take for a Tattoo to Heal?

Some of you may express doubt about the condition of your tattoo, especially if you received a black or grayscale tattoo. Your black tattoo healing and turning gray seems crazy. Why did it lighten up? Why would a healing tattoo look faded? In reality, a third stage of tattoo healing occurs when your tattoo stops peeling. During this third stage, it remains sensitive to sunlight, despite its normal texture. Scar tissue over your tattoo creates the lighter color and apparent ‘fading.’ This scar tissue takes at least six months to heal, depending on your nutrition. Find more info on that here.

It all boils down to how well you care for your body and tattoo. Your body demands nutrition and time to rest after an extensive wound like a tattoo. Sit back, relax, and let your immune system work. In the meantime, feel free to show off its progress to all your buddies as the tattoo heals and blooms!

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Freitag, 27. Oktober 2017

Showering After a Tattoo

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Showering After a Tattoo

Well, what a mess. You reach home after your last tattoo session, wait for a while, and take off your bandage to marvel at your new tattoo. Or, at least, you would…if not for all the plasma, blood, and ink that spills out! With a mess to clean, everyone naturally wants to jump into the shower and scrub away that extra stuff. Not so fast! Showering after a tattoo takes a little bit of thought, and this page walks you through everything you need to know!

How Long Should you Wait to Take a Shower After a Tattoo?

When your tattoo artist sends you home, they usually do so with a bandage and an amount of time to keep it on. Usually, it amounts to taking it off in the evening before you go to bed. Once off, it stays off, and keeping your tattoo open to air makes it heal faster. However, without a bandage, any direct water will damage your tattoo. Only certain soaps work on tattoos without damaging the ink, while special cleaning methods keep your tattoo safe from wear and tear.  You may shower at any point after you remove the tattoo bandage, but carefully clean around your tattooed area. Use the instructions on this page to learn about washing your tattoo, or read the whole run-down on tattoo after care here.

How Do I Clean my New Tattoo?

For starters, make sure your soaps all contain ink-safe ingredients. Although spectacular at killing germs, a lot of soaps also wash away tattoo ink. Petroleum, alcohol, lanolin, and several other common compounds prove hazardous to your tattoo. Alternatives—many with the same origins, but a different chemical structure—exist to aid you during the healing process. On top of that, organic, vegan, and allergen-free soaps work wonders and make up many of the best soaps for tattoos. For more details on those, check out our complete guide for tattoo aftercare.

Gather your good soap and some paper towels around a sink. Putting direct water onto your tattoo poses a risk, so spread your soap with your fingers and then dab it off with the paper towel. Scrubbing or scraping at the tattoo only damages your wound further, while using actual towels will stain and pull up ink.

But wait, how can you shower without affecting your tattoo, if direct water impacts the quality of your ink? Let’s explain that in more detail.

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Although we detail the tattoo healing process here, it helps to go over this anyways. While your tattoo heals, it leaves the deep layers of your skin exposed. The deepest layer contains all of your tattoo’s ink. When you pour water directly onto your tattoo, nothing stops it from seeping in and turning your crisp tattoo into a waterlogged image—albeit less dramatically than I put it here. However, gravity pulls water away from your tattoo while showering. Unless your tattoo takes up your back, neck, or chest area, then your tattoo weathers a shower. Covering it anyways makes sure it stays safe, though!

So, when can you stop washing your tattoo with antibacterial soap? We provide every last detail you need in our tattoo aftercare guide. Also, check it out for more tattoo aftercare tips!

Showering With Your New Tattoo

Rest easy, knowing how to clean off all of today’s gunk without harming your tattoo! Simply keep these tips in mind while cleaning and take extra care to only use the correct soaps on your tattoo. Keep your regular shampoo out of the tattoo, pat it lightly with a paper towel to dry it, and enjoy your squeaky-clean self! We provide more in-depth aftercare information—including what soaps work best, the do’s and don’ts of tattoo aftercare, when it’s safe to use sunscreen, and so on—at our main aftercare guide hub. Leave a comment if you have any questions about showering after a tattoo or to tell us of another tattoo-related worry of yours.

As always, thanks for reading!

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Freitag, 20. Oktober 2017

Tattoo Convention Warsaw Poland 2017

Tattoo Convention Warsaw, Poland 2017

The start of October marked the entrance of Autumn with one of the world’s biggest tattoo conventions! The Warsaw Tattoo Convention took place in its titular city, attracting people to Poland from across the globe. Over 250 artists from around the globe attended to display, with many more artists arriving as visitors to look over the latest fashions of our trade. With a plethora of concerts, panels, performances, workshops, and even activities for kids, Warsaw definitely fulfilled everyone’s desires this year.

In case you missed the big party, the amazing Kamila Burzymowska has you covered with these breathtaking images from the con. From quirky to intimate, wild to traditional, these tattoos show off the wide range of artistic movements in the tattoo industry. This glimpse into the ever-changing art of tattoo inking lets us all take something new home. Sit back, relax, and check out the amazing images and stories straight from the Oberon 3D Warsaw Tattoo Convention!

All-star Artists Journey to the Con

The call for artists resounded across the globe. Artists like Sandra Cunha and Fredao Oliveira flew in from Brazil—all the way across the globe! Ho Rikaka brought traditional Japanese Irezumi to the convention, while Saga Anderson brought her advanced coloring techniques all the way from Canada. Alongside artists from around the world, nearly every tattoo artist in Poland showed up—except, of course, whoever was left to tend to the shop. In all, more than 250 arrived at the scene for Warsaw’s biggest tattoo party!

Whole families went with a few of the artists, since the Warsaw Tattoo Convention boasts activities for kids! On top of that, everyone under 13 years old received free admission. This gave everyone an opportunity to expose their family to the wonderful world of tattoo art! On top of its accessibility for people of all ages, it also shows off tattoos from people of all cultures and locales. In sum, visiting Warsaw Tattoo Convention feels like taking a step into a foreign and exciting world where only art matters!

Amazing Convention Tattoos

As you see from these wonderful images by Kamila, the convention brought together all kinds of tattoo styles. Amazing realistic pieces happened right next to neo-traditional tattoos. Watercolor tattoos, black outlines, and traditional color pigment techniques created a huge variety of final pieces. One tattoo shows the hooded, one-eyed Odin with one of his ravens, while another shows the exchange of life and death during a tiger’s hunt. Surreal tattoos with impossible anatomy contrasted geometric and tribal tattoos.

My favorite among them all isn’t revolutionary, but it is neat-looking! A woman lit below by pink wears some sort of unicorn headdress—and said unicorn shows off the cosmos in its fur! With a limited color scheme, this artist combined surreal, geometrical, and watercolor techniques to make a fantastic tattoo. At the same time, I clearly show a bias: space is up there on my list of cool things.

Inspiring Exhibitions

Their most amazing exhibit focused on the tales of Maui, a Polynesian demigod that features in the Disney movie Moana. Of course, in Poland, it’s called Vaiana: The Treasure of the Ocean to avoid a few cultural issues. Known for his ability to hook the sun, pull up islands from the sea, and generally get up to mischief, this demigod also features a whole slew of tribal tattoos in the most traditional sense all over his body. Everyone at the shop created their own talisman to keep them safe and bring them closer to the living world around us, just like the one Moana received! On top of that, Banana-Ink provided an area where kids can practice tattooing on banana peels. Who would let a kid go crazy on real skin, after all?

On top of Maui, several other characters in the movie carried traditional tribal tattoos. Moana’s grandmother carried a manta ray on her back, while one poor soul underwent the painstaking tattoo process during the early part of the movie. Several artists used this traditional ethnic tattoo method—called hand tapping—throughout the convention. We cover traditional Polynesian tattoos in a few of our articles, including the technique, meaning, and history behind them.

The Future of the Warsaw Tattoo Convention

From October 6-8th, tattoo lovers from around the world shared their awesome art and culture. People walked home with new insight of the world around them…and some new tattoos! Alongside performers, singers, and musicians, illusionists took over the stage and created an amazing show for everyone. Food trucks arrived en masse to feed everyone, jewelers showed up to expand the body modification scene, and Oberon 3D showed off their cool machines. After all, Oberon 3D sponsored the whole thing.

In the end, this con brought a whole new generation of people together to appreciate the wonderful Inked World of tattoo art. We can’t thank photographer Kamila Burzymowska enough for snapping these pictures and sharing her wonderful experience at the convention! Check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or official website for more awesome pictures of the tattoo scene.

As always, thanks for reading! For more information on the convention itself, look at its official homepage!



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